Satchmo to Marsalis: A Tribute to the Fathers of Jazz takes place on Louis Armstrong's 100th birthday - Saturday, August 4, 2001 - at the Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis team up with Harry Connick, Jr. in a benefit concert to salute Ellis Marsalis.
Branford tours selected dates in the U.S. and Japan with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, playing selections from his classical album entitled Creation.
Creation, the most recent of his classical recordings, a collaboration with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is released. It features a program of jazz-influenced and inspired classics from early 20th century French composers, including Milhaud, Ravel, Debussy and others.
Contemporary Jazz earns Branford his third Grammy award; this time in the category, "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group".
Branford's Quartet performs for the first time in Australia as part of festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Helping to shape the future of jazz in the classroom, Branford takes a part-time position with San Francisco State University as part of their music faculty.
Contemporary Jazz, Branford's twelfth album is released. This album features drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Eric Revis, and pianist Joey Calderazzo, successor to the late Kenny Kirkland.